Gonder Transportation

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    gondar airport
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    a typical ET flight attendant
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    my driver Dani with his vw-car
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    Minibus

    by egonwegh Updated Jun 2, 2014

    A minibus took us from Gonder to Bahir Dar in approx. four hours for 300 birr. Afterwards we paid another fifty birr to four youngsters who guided this minibus from the bus station in Bahir Dar to our B&B. Our host in Gonder made the arrangements for this trip and reserved one entire bench (3 seats) for the two of us. But as things go, the bench gradually got filled with other passengers along the way and we were somewhat crammed into our seats. But we enjoyed ourselves nonetheless. You'll get to see a lot along the road, such as travelling salesmen, farmers, and an occasional inspection by the local police. It is also one of the cheapest ways to get around.

    Gonder to Bahir Dar by minibus
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    ethiopian airlines

    by hanspeter_W. Written Nov 21, 2012

    Ethiopian Airlines seems to be one of the best or even best airline in Africa
    for domestic and international flights...for domestic flights always recommendalbe to cofnirm the exactly departure time..
    very new and well equipped planes , very friendly service of the staff of Ethiopian Airlines

    gondar airport a typical ET flight attendant

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    Flying

    by flynboxes Written Jan 20, 2008

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    Like every other major tourist town in Ethiopia this one has an Ethiopian Airlines office. They take cash only as I found out but no big deal. Was planning to drive to Lalibela from here but after we found out the roads were being worked on and the trip would take longer than we had planned it was time to fly. The office it to the left of the Castles on the same road next to an open parking lot.

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    ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES

    by DAO Updated Jan 3, 2008

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    The easiest and quickest way to get here is by domestic flights with Ethiopian Airlines. Gonder has 1 flight a day and can connect you to Addis Ababa and the other northern historical cities of Lalibela, Axum and Bahr Dar. You can fly return or one-way for just a little over $100. Their website does not list domestic flights, but all of their offices speak English. You can ring their Gonder office on the telephone number listed below or ring them in Addis Ababa on: +251-11-551 7000. You can reserve by telephone or at any city office in the country without a credit card! A 90 minute flight can save you up to 2 full days on a bus!

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    TAXI TO THE AIRPORT

    by DAO Updated Jan 3, 2008

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    Gonder airport is about 21 kilometres from town and it takes a good 25 minutes to get there. Taxis will try it on, but you should never pay more than 50-60 Birr. I paid about 40 because I had a local friend with me, but I had to argue with several drivers. If the driver tries to renegotiate the price after the car has started moving – ignore him. They try this, but just have exact change. Get your bags out of the car, then pay him.

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    GONDER AIRPORT

    by DAO Updated Jan 3, 2008

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    Gonder airport is small and only really sees small Ethiopian Airlines planes land here. They have 2 small overpriced gift shops downstairs near the entrance. They will not haggle and you should get souvenirs before you get here – or after you leave. They have a good Ethiopian restaurant upstairs that overlooks the runway. Do not panic if you do not see the plane. It arrives promptly 5 minutes AFTER the scheduled departure time. They unload passengers and get you on in 10 minutes, easy. Do not arrive too early or you will be very bored.

    2 GIFT SHOPS RESTAURANT WAITING AREA
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    Bus to Axum

    by SirRichard Written Feb 17, 2007

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    To go by bus from Gonder to Axum you must go first to SHIRE and then change bus to Axum. The bus to Shire costs 41b (4,1 USD) and takes about 9 hours to get there. As usual it leaves at 6 from the main bus station.
    You have to arrive to the bus station well in advance (5:30h minimum) to be sure that you can take a seat, as they are not numbered. As I was the only stranger there many guys came to me offering "help". For 1-2 dollars they may buy you the ticket, tell you where to wait and reserve you a front seat. A front seat is important, as other seats are usually crowded and less comfortable.
    We had a few problems on the way (see pics) but this is normal when travelling around Ethiopia by bus.
    In Shire you go down and take a minibus to Aksum (12B) , which is about 2 hours away. You arrive to Aksum at 19:00h

    A road problem This was the problem! Landscape near Shire
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    Arriving by bus

    by SirRichard Written Feb 16, 2007

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    I came to Gonder by bus from Bahir Dar. It is a short trip (to Ethiopian standards), as it takes only 2:30h. The ticket costs 22B (2,2 USD), and there are many daily. The road Bahir Dar-Gonder is asphalted, so not very bumpy. It goes around the lake Tana northwards; when it leaves the lake inwards, there is a part of curves where many passengers get ill and puke, making the trip very "pleasant". The way to act in a case like this is "doing it" in a plastic bag and throwing the bag through the window (!).

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    Gonder by air, bus or tour

    by sachara Updated Sep 2, 2004

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    Ethiopia is a huge country. So the quickest way to go around is to fly with Ethiopian Airlines. There are domestic flights from Addis Abeba to Gonder. It's fast and cheap.

    For travelling by road there are buses between all major towns. To reach smaller towns and villages, you can use minibuses, In the towncentre of Gonder are a lot of minibusses, heading to different villages.

    In Addis Abeba you can also arrange several tours. Doing the historical route to the north by minibus, including Gonder, will take about two weeks.

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    Buying Bus Tickets

    by frockland Updated Aug 30, 2004

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    Buying bus tickets in Gondar was an interesting experience. It was not possible to buy tickets in advance, so we showed up at 5 am and being Faranjis allowed us to wait in the bus station. The drivers and conductors showed up at 5.30 am. But even now it was impossible to buy a ticket. Wait until 6.00am!. Exactly at 6.00 am the conductors stepped to the fence that is surrounding the bus station and started selling tickets from there. All the tickets had seat numbers and like a miracle they were window seats. When taking them we discovered that its impossible to squeeze in the seats. I can improve your seats for a small tip! – That’s the trick bribe the conductor and get a better seat!

    Bus Station

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    driver or guide for onland transport

    by hanspeter_W. Written Nov 21, 2012

    for longer inland transport i would suggest to hire a car with reliable driver
    in Gondar I got an absolut amazing guide and friendly and reliable driver
    called Dani

    my driver Dani with his vw-car

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    Airport

    by boltonian Written Aug 2, 2008

    Gondor airport is very small. Flights to Lalibela and Addis 2 times daily.

    No money exchange. Simple but tasty cafe. Few small shops.

    Castle themed airport

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    From the airport

    by boltonian Written Aug 2, 2008

    Expect to pay around 80 - 100 Birr for a taxi from the airport. This is a bargain as the distance is over 20km.

    On the way, look out for the slum settlement and the military base. Interesting.

    Good views on route to Gondor

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    Horse carriages

    by SirRichard Written Feb 17, 2007

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    This transport is not very common but you can find it at the little villages around. I didn't see many in Gonder, the one in the pic was at Debark, and was used for person transportation only.

    In Debark
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